WomenOsteopathy is very useful in the treatment of many aspects of women’s health. Women’s reproductive hormones regulate many aspects of their health, and they have a regular cycle of change involving:
- metabolism (fluid retention, circulation)
- ovaries(generate eggs, secrete hormones)
- uterus (lining grows and is shed if not pregnant)
- emotions(change in moods to different degrees)
- Breast function in nursing
Hormonal balance is crucial. Cranial and structural strains can affect the pituitary gland which regulates hormone production, affecting the quality of menstrual periods and sometimes emotional swings. Restricted motion of the sacrum and pelvis may interfere with nerve impulses and local circulation and cause uterine muscle cramps and pelvic pain.
Blood circulation and nerve impulses are affected by motion of the sacrum and pelvis. Pelvic pain can be a result of connective tissue strain, restriction of bony motion and restricted blood flow. It is my opinion that all young girls should have Osteopathic manipulative treatment to prevent sacral compression that will impede blood and nerve flow to the uterus, bladder and colon. Osteopathy assures an easeful pregnancy and labor process later in life. Thoracic and rib cage free motion is crucial to good flow of milk while nursing.
Many people usually don’t think of osteopathic treatment when suffering from problems such as pelvic floor dysfunction, bladder weakness, and pain associated with some gynecological problems. However, by using a gentle approach to mobilize the muscles and tissues of the pelvic region, osteopaths can help to improve muscle function and fluid drainage, which can relieve various symptoms arising from the pelvic organs (viscera).